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Ecology of Insects: Concepts and Applications

By: Martin R Speight, Mark D Hunter and Allan D Watt

628 pages, Col plates, b/w photos, illus, figs, tabs


Paperback | Aug 2008 | Edition: 2 | #162105 | ISBN-13: 9781405131148
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Provides a sound background on insect evolutionary ecology, population dynamics and environmental interactions. These concepts are subsequently applied to a number of topical issues, including climate change, the conservation of biodiversity, epidemiology and pest management.

Fully revised and updated to include new topical study areas, the second edition of the successful text the Ecology of Insects provides a balanced treatment of the theory and practice of pure and applied insect ecology.

* Includes new topical areas of insect ecology and provides greater coverage of physiological, genetic, molecular, and ecosystem aspects of insect ecology.
* Concepts include the foundations of evolutionary ecology and population dynamics in ecosystem science as they are applied to topics such as climate change, conservation and biodiversity, epidemiology and pest management. * Fully updated and revised throughout, this new edition refers to primary literature and real world examples.

A"This volume is a clearly written, contemporary, and scholarly treatment of the ecology of insects, which can serve as both a classroom textbook or general reference.A"( The Quarterly Review of Biology , September 2009) "Eminently readable, this volume undoubtedly will be used as a course resource in many classrooms. It will prove to be invaluable reference for a wide variety of entomologists and ecologists, and should be in all libraries with significant biological holdings." (CHOICE, January 2009) "This book provides a valuable and modern overview of insect ecology with a successful combination of theoretical principles with applied aspects taking population ecology as a leading these A... .The readers will find an extensive body of information and stimulating considerations of insect ecology." (Entomologia Generalis, February 2008)


1. An Overview of Insect Ecology.
2. Insects and Climate.
3. Insect Herbivores.
4. Resource Limitation.
5. Natural Enemies and Insect Population Dynamics.
6. Evolutionary Ecology.
7. Physiological Ecology.
8. Insects in Ecosystems.
9. Biodiversity.
10. Insect Conservation.
11. Insects and Diseases.
12. Insect Pest Management.

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Martin Speight is Reader in Zoology and Head of the Tropical Ecology & Entomology Research Group at the Department of Zoology, University of Oxford. His research interests range from rainforest and plantation entomology, biodiversity and conservation, to coral reef and mangrove ecology and management. Martin is also a Tutorial Fellow in Biological Sciences at St Anne's College, Oxford.

Mark Hunter is Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Professor of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan. He studies interactions between insects and plants and is interested in linking population dynamics to ecosystem processes.

Allan Watt is Deputy Science Director of the Biodiversity Programme at the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Edinburgh, UK. His research interests include the conservation of biodiversity and the management of forest pests.

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